Stonegallows were formed in 1969 and have been performing on and off at folk clubs and festivals ever since. They performed at the very first Lacock Folk Festival and went down a storm. Friendships formed at that festival resulted in bookings all over the country including their first appearance at Sidmouth. They have always favoured material from the west country, including setting many of the poems by Will Meade and Alfred Williams to music.
Always including lots of audience participation in their sets with most songs having choruses, fun and entertainment has been the cornerstone over the years.
Since some members of the group have moved out of Wiltshire their performances have been limited mainly to festivals and the ever popular annual fund raising concert for The Dorothy House Hospice at The Village Pump, a venue always closely linked with Stonegallows.
The current line up is, John Alderslade. Vocals, Guitar, Dulcimer, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo. Tony Batten. Vocals, Guitar, Banjo. Joffre White. Vocals, Bass, Guitar. When other musical activities allow the trio are joined by, Ruth Behan. Fiddle. Bertie Wright. Melodeon. Both plan to be at Chippenham.
The advanced age of the founder-members mean that each performance is potentially their last, so come along and you will be able to say “I WAS THERE”. John, Tony and Joffre are long term members of the Campaign for the Re-introduction of Audience Participation, or C.R.A.P.